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Get to Know Hopewell Valley

Hopewell Valley — an informal collective name for the region that encompasses Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, and the borough of Pennington — is charm incarnate, a bit of Vermont in Central Jersey. The streets here are leafy, the houses are historic, and the neighbors are delightful. There’s even a regular cruise night when classic cars line the south side of Broad Street, a popular event complete with live music and late-night dining. In the early 2000s, the area transformed from merely idyllic to a must-visit dining destination with the arrival of new eateries like Brick Farm Tavern, a farm-to-table restaurant that sources its food directly from its own farm of 800 acres in Hopewell Valley. They also sell their meats online with free local delivery. Architecturally, you’ll find a mix of farmhouses, Victorians, and mid-century Cape Cod and Colonial houses on large, leafy lots.

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Living in Mercer County

New Jersey’s Mercer County sits halfway between New York City and Philadelphia, with its western border demarcated by the Delaware River, with Pennsylvania’s Bucks County on the other side. The county’s biggest and most well-known city is Trenton, but it also has many other smaller boroughs and townships that contribute to Mercer County’s charm. Here, the lines between what’s urban, suburban, and rural often blur and where farmland can border Main Street. On country roads, you can still find unattended farm stands, selling vegetables and fruit on the honor system. You’ll also find the same famous Jersey corn and tomatoes, as well as locally pasture-raised meats, at the tables of some of the Jersey’s best restaurants in towns both big and small. And thanks to Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, Mercer County boasts as many geniuses as farmers, both groups inspired by the same beautiful sylvan settings.